06/18/2015 03:24 EDT | Updated 06/18/2016 05:59 EDT

Police charge 4 teens in east end robberies

Police have arrested four teens they say were responsible for several violent robberies in the city's east end.

They say that on June 1, a group approached two boys in the Lyall Avenue and Hannaford Street area and "made a demand for the victim's property." A fight ensued and one of the boys was stabbed. Police say the suspects then took off with the victim's skateboard.

Police also allege that two days later, the group surrounded a boy in the Queen Street East and Jones Avenue area and "robbed him of his backpack and shoes while wearing knives on their waists."

The four teens — who range in age from 13 to 17 — were arrested Monday and face a total of 11 charges, including  
robbery, possession of a prohibited weapon, assault with a weapon, and possession of property obtained by crime.

The four appeared in court earlier this week.

The names of the accused cannot be released under the rules of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.